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Peace First by Abu Ala, Uri Savir

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CHAPTER TENNegotiation

IN THE SUMMER OF 1999 MY GOOD FRIEND JAN STEINBECK,1 with whom I cofounded the Glocal Forum, invited me and my main Palestinian negotiating partner from the Oslo Accords, Abu Ala, to give a seminar on negotiations to approximately one hundred CEOs, mostly Americans, in Da Nang, Vietnam. The seminar was proof of the futility of conflict. Israeli and PLO officials deliberated negotiating tactics with the Americans and the Vietnamese. Hypothetically speaking, if a time machine could have taken us back forty years, hundreds of thousands of lives might have been spared.

I recall saying to Abu Ala, “It took three thousand hours to negotiate the existing Oslo agreements. It will take many more to negotiate the future ones. ...

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